Category Archives: Politics

RIP A Bright Future

Below is an article I read on the Popular Science website entitled “Is American Foot-Dragging Pushing the Future Elsewhere?“  This is definitely a poignant description of the status of US investment in research and development, not to mention investment in … Continue reading

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Can An Economy Based On Construction Really Work?

Some of the latest reports in the media are focusing on statistics associated with new home construction and foreclosures.  The news points to a slight rise in new home starts and a fall in foreclosures while homebuilder expectations are dropping … Continue reading

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What Do Americans Really Believe In?

While stumbling through the internet, I discovered a blog from last year that breaks down a public opinion poll about what issues are important to Americans.  This survey asked some typical questions and got typical results.  However, the positions that … Continue reading

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What To Do About Regulation In The US

Listening to the radio yesterday, I heard a sound bite from a republican congresswoman who claimed that government enforced regulations on such things as food safety were stifling the economy.  I understand that she feared for the the well being … Continue reading

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We Are Not Their Lapdog

A few weeks ago, the US news media was consumed with coverage of one event.  It did not pertain to Yemen or Syria, Bahrain or Jordan.  Rather the US media, and indeed many international venues, focused on the the national … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Sortition

The United States ranks 22nd on the corruptions perceptions index, behind such countries as Hong Kong, Iceland, and Qatar. For a nation that once prided itself as the greatest in the world, this is a tragic figure. Our sliding position … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

In 1979, the USSR invaded Afghanistan in an effort to support the communist regime of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.  The USSR finally extracted itself from Afghanistan in 1989, after nearly 15,000 casualties and no clear victory.  Without the Russians … Continue reading

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Why Liberals Should Support The Tea Party

The TEA Party has generated a lot of attention during it’s short existence.  Nonetheless it has attracted a wide variety of supporters and interest.  From religious extremists to libertarians, conspiracy theorists, or people generally disappointed with the Republican/Democrat status quo, … Continue reading

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Should Congress Be Run Like Jury Duty?

In the last blog here you read about the prospect of requiring political officials to recuse themselves from legislation in which there may be a conflict of interest. Currently only judges recuse themselves from cases but my ultimate proposal was … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Recuse Onself?

Perhaps you’ve never heard the word ‘recuse’ before. According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, recuse means “to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly : to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest.” Generally, we hear … Continue reading

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